I try to form words about Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

Friday, July 25, 2014

My blood still howls in my veins like the wind itself,and it shakes the empty nest and asks where all the birds have gone, where have they gone?

Burial Rites was a true testament to everything I said on my previous post about why I love reading so much. THIS... this is exactly why I love books. 

Truthfully I expected this book to be good before picking it up, because of so many positive things said about it, but oh my goodness, I honestly did not expect for me to feel this much for it.

First off, Hannah Kent's ability to write a factual-based story is so effortless. She gives you information in the most engaging way possible, and at the same time, lets you in the characters' world. Because of the wonderful narration, it's as if you can really hear the characters speak for themselves and you can really see everything that they go through and feel. The author not only builds this story with excellent pacing and suspense from beginning to end, but she also transports you into that very world she is painting for you. Her writing is incredibly atmospheric, that even in 80 degree weather in California, I imagined that winter chill in Iceland in the early nineteenth century. I could see the scenery, the characters, the events that took place. And the emotions I felt for these characters were indescribable.
I couldn't put this down especially towards the end.  I didn't want to blink, didn't want to read too fast for fear that I would lose these people in the story. "Not so fast, don't end yet," I kept thinking to myself. And when it did end, tears and goosebumps were inevitable. I just wanted to tell everyone how much this story touched and broke my heart.

There's honestly not much to be said aside from those above, but I will say that this is story telling at its finest. It is a beautiful story that I will remember for a long, long time. 5 stars and nothing less. My favorite read this year so far, hands down.


  1. Every time I see someone review this book, I go to add it on Goodreads but after reading the description decide against it...I think you've finally convinced me to give it a shot!

    1. Yes you must try it and see what you think of it!!

  2. +JMJ+

    Your description of Hannah Kent's writing reminds me of the time I started reading The Silmarillion in a hot, humid metro station in Manila and felt the cool winds of J.R.R. Tolkien's mythical "north" blowing around me! Very few things beat prose that can make us feel this way. =)

  3. I think I've seen this book somewhere before because the cover looks really familiar somehow! I want to give it a try since you've enjoyed it so much! :D Is it for young adults? If so, I can't wait to read it. I might add it to my TBR pile soon :)

  4. I felt the same way about this book, I was absolutely blown away. Can you believe this is Kent's first novel? Nice review.